May 4, 2012
On April 12, 2012, The Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality and the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) hosted UN Legal Officer Fernando Ortiz Jr. In his talk, Ortiz shared his experience in the field as a legal officer and judicial officer with the U.N. Missions in Liberia and Kosovo, respectively. He also outlined key approaches and conditions that he considers necessary components of successful international peacekeeping strategies.
Ortiz is currently on special assignment to the United Nations Mission in Liberia, where he is responsible for providing advice on operations, administration, conduct and discipline, and advanced training for international military and police force. As a senior United Nations official, he collaborates with senior management across 18 peacekeeping missions analyzing policy options and developing practical strategies for implementing mandated Security Council resolutions. He frequently travels to war-torn zones to train local officials on military and police doctrine.